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A letter from Burkhard Paetzold serving as Regional Liaison for Central and Eastern Europe, based in Germany
August 2014 - Interpretation Assignment Announcement
As part of my service I'm blessed to spend time in the U.S. visiting churches to share about the ways we’ve been participating in God’s mission in our part of the world. Right now I'm preparing for a season of visits to churches, presbyteries, and other groups from September 26 to November 3. My proposed route so far is Detroit, Michigan, Idaho and Montana, North Dakota, and Charlotte, North Carolina. If you are in or close to one or another of these areas and are interested in inviting me to share with you, please feel free to contact me ASAP*, since my schedule is just starting to fill up. If you can help me connect with other churches or interested groups in your presbytery or synod, I’ll be extra grateful!
It’s been a joy to build on longstanding relationships and also get to know some of you long-distance through letters and online communications. I would love to come for a visit if you would consider inviting me.
I love to participate by giving a “minute” for mission or a children’s message. When possible, it’s best to have space other than (or in addition to) Sunday morning worship to share with greater depth and focus, and give a fuller picture of what God is doing in Europe.Continue reading
A letter from Burkhard Paetzold serving as Regional Liaison for Central and Eastern Europe, based in Germany
June 2014 - Europe Round-Up
Peace be with you all. I hope you all had a great spring and are able to enjoy the beginning of summer.
Thank you all for your continuing support and prayers. Europe doesn't get much media coverage. So each email asking about or encouraging our work in Europe as well as each check in our ECO account means a lot to me.
These days Soccer World Cup activities in Brazil makes the news in Germany. People cheering their German soccer team. Some church initiatives point out that behind the glamour of the soccer stars and their teams social conditions in the host country Brazil are hidden, and that one should think in terms of “Fair play for fair life.”
Protestant churches in Europe prepare to celebrate Reformation anniversaries. Not many people know that Reformation history started in what is now Czech Republic. Jan Hus and others encouraged a community of believers long before Martin Luther or John Calvin started their Reformation movements.Continue reading
A letter from Carlos Cardenas Martinez in Nicaragua
June 2014 - An Election Accompaniment
A mission of accompaniment that deserves to be remembered as a lesson learned
And theytook offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house” Matthew 13:57.
At the end of November 2014 I accepted a kind offer from our global partners, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the ACT Forum of Honduras, who together were organizing a mission of international accompaniment of the electoral process in Honduras.
Because it had to do with the country of my birth and where I lived up through my youth, I thought it could be a special experience to participate together with my 25-year-old son, Carlos Roberto. He was born in Nicaragua and has just recently graduated from university and will soon be starting his career. On the drive there we had many hours to talk about the mission, what it meant to me as a citizen of Honduras returning after 40 years, and how this accompaniment work deserved our thoughtful commitment to transparency and justice to give testimony to how the elections are carried out.Continue reading
A letter from Karla Koll in Costa Rica
August/September 2014 - Global Institute of Theology
Dear companions in mission,
Greetings from Costa Rica.
You may be wondering what has happened to me, given that you haven’t heard from me for a couple of months. The Global Institute of Theology (GIT) of the World Communion of Reformed Churches is what happened. During the month of July the Latin American Biblical University (UBL) hosted almost 50 people from 15 countries. Students, faculty and staff came to our campus to study and reflect on transforming mission, church and community in today’s world. It was a wonderful experience. I’ll share more about GIT in my forthcoming newsletter.Continue reading
A letter from Bob and Kristi Rice serving in Congo
August 2014 - Celebrations and Challenges
We want to highlight some of the celebrations and challenges from the last few months and share some of the upcoming plans.
At the end of July the outline of the curriculum for teaching the Christian faith in primary schools was finally produced and distributed with great celebration. This has been a long bumpy process. Bob’s patience has been tested several times when people failed to show up for meetings, one team member died unexpectedly last year, and the group moderator has been preoccupied and often absent. God answered our prayers for renewed motivation in the team and Bob learned some cultural lessons as he struggled to support them as a partner without taking charge. They are now writing the teachers’ manual that will accompany the outline and hope to host a training for teachers soon.Continue reading
A letter from Josh Hekkila serving in Ghana as Regional Liaison for West Africa
July 2014 - Services of Healing
Anywhere you go in Ghana these days you’re certain to find services of healing and deliverance given a prominent place in the church. I’m not sure I can explain them adequately, but let’s say that people experiencing suffering—whether it be from sickness, poverty, family problems, infertility, or limitations in school and work—come to these special worship services to be delivered from their troubles.
In these services you often hear church leaders preach that God did not create human beings to suffer. In the process of deliverance you are promised “breakthroughs” in life, and there is prophesying of future blessings and glory. Because “what you sow is what you reap,” the success of these breakthroughs is often tied to whether you tithe, fast, and pray sufficiently. Some of the leaders claim that God has made them agents of prosperity, so your success or failure depends on whether you pledge loyalty to this “man of God” in charge.Continue reading
A letter from Jo Ella Holman, serving in the Dominican Republic as Regional Liaison for the Caribbean region
Summer 2014 - GRADUATION and GENERAL ASSEMBLY!
June is graduation time in the Caribbean and an especially happy celebration for our global partner, the Seminario Evangelico Teologico (SET) in Matanzas, Cuba, this year. On Wednesday, June 11, a record number of 72 men and women graduated in six different degree programs*, the largest number since its foundation in 1946!
This year's large number of graduates is the answer to prayer and the fruit of a vision to provide the church with trained lay and pastoral leadership and Cuban society with citizens educated about religions. This large number enrolled in seminary and graduating is a sign of the dramatic change the Cuban society and people are undergoing.
In the rapidly changing landscape that is Cuban society many people are eager to learn more about Christian faith and about religion in general. The strong interest in religious education and church growth in all denominations in Cuba is part of the changing dynamic within the country. New openness in the public sphere to discussing racism and gender violence, economic changes allowing for greater opportunities, and social and political reforms are part of the sea of change in process here. In response to this eagerness, five years ago SET began developing an innovative distance program to take new bachelor's degrees in Christian Education, Theology, and—the newest program—Diaconal work to different parts of the country. Over 500 students were enrolled this year through SET and the Higher Religious Studies program that is connected with the University of Havana for students interested in comparative religious studies. Just a few years ago barely 50 students were enrolled at any given time. Also a current Cuban Council of Churches initiative would bring 1 million new Bibles to Cuba.Continue reading
A letter from Jenny Bent serving in the Dominican Republic
August 2014 - Progress in Batey 7
In this letter I want to share with you my most recent significant experience working in the community of Batey 7 here in the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic.
I work in a community clinic called “El Buen Samaritano” or “The Good Samaritan” in the town of Batey 7, a community originally established by the Dominican government for Haitian sugarcane cutters. The clinic “El Buen Samaritano” is part of the social response program of the Dominican Evangelical Church (IED for its initials in Spanish). In 2011 the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sent our family to the Dominican Republic as mission workers to facilitate and reinforce the mission efforts of the IED. My job description is to be a Community Health Program Consultant for the IED. This title seems a little too formal for me. By training I’m a medical laboratory technician, so you can imagine my uncertainty when I first started working with IED. Working as a laboratory technician does not ordinarily train you for developing a community health program. I had to learn a lot. I had to learn to understand what kind of mission the IED was doing and I had to talk with leaders of the IED, with friends, and with World Mission colleagues who could help me shape the work I would do in Batey 7. These conversations led me to discover a community health approach called Community Health Evangelism, or CHE.Continue reading
A letter from Jacob and Aliamma George serving in South Sudan
July 2014 - Back in Juba
James 3:17: “The Wisdom, that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable.”
When we returned to Juba, South Sudan, in June, we met many of our church leaders and members from Malakal. We are waiting for the Principal and the Dean to come to restart the Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT) in any area that is possible. We hear that they are in an area where communication is impossible and hopefully will join the church leaders in Juba. There is a temporary office room in the Arabic/English Presbyterian congregation’s building. We heard a lot of sad stories from our friends, especially from a woman representative who went with a few of the church leaders to Malakal for a second evaluation of the area. They stayed in the government palace for a week and went out daily assessing the damage. The whole church compound is occupied by the army, the moderator’s house is used by the commander-in chief of the army, the other church buildings and Presbyterian school buildings are being used by the army officers and staff. The Arabic/English congregation’s building in Malakal is used as the hospital for the army for the sick and injured soldiers. The South Sudan hotel and markets were looted completely. The mission houses, GIT’s building, the Nile Theological College (NTC)’s building and the Women’s Department’s building and contents of all the buildings were looted. All small houses were destroyed, some burned, and she saw broken computers, television sets and important documents and folders all scattered everywhere. No activities are going on, and all the people who were in the U.N. compound have been moved to nearby countries like Uganda, Ethiopia or Kenya.Continue reading
A letter from Kay Day in Rwanda
August 2014 - Scientific Week at PIASS
Dear Family and Friends,
What impact does family violence and conflict have on children’s performance in school? How should the church respond to the increase in divorce in a culture that has not accepted divorce in the past? How effectively can disputes between members of a community be settled without going to court through the use of community mediators? These are the issues that were studied by the different faculties of PIASS (Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences) and their findings were presented and debated by the faculty members, representatives of the community, and all students. This is the core of Scientific Week at PIASS. Actually, it is a weekend of intense discussion and debate. This year the general topic was “Violence and Conflict Management in Families and Communities.” Research findings were presented by the faculties of Education, Theology, and Development. The debates were lively, with students from all three disciplines engaging as fully as professionals in the various fields. The goal was merging academic study with real life situations, to make study practical. It succeeded.Continue reading
Thank You and Your Family for serving God by taking His word so far from Your Home.
God is doing his work and using us a tools in other nations.during my working here in Athens i observed that there are many oppertunities to share the Gospel massage with other those do not know Jesus and we can bring them to Jesus Christ.Please prayer for me that i'm a very littel to that God is using me here in Athens Greece. God bless you.